Effects of mast seeding on forest bird communities
Forest habitats are frequently characterized by synchronized and intermittent production of a large seed crop (mast seeding). These “resource pulses” trigger a cascade of direct and indirect effects that permeate throughout forest ecosystems and have critical consequences for forest communities, including birds. We investigate how ecological and life-history traits affect the way birds respond to mast seeding, and how mast seeding affects nest predation in forest songbirds.
Szymkowiak J., Kuczyński L. 2015. Avoiding predators in a fluctuating environment: responses of the wood warbler to pulsed resources. Behavioral Ecology, 26: 601-608, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru237